Taking a walk through the drugstore, it's easy to see that there isn't a wide selection of foundations for dark skin. Amid a sea of almost-identical ivory shades, we're greatly missing those gorgeous caramel and mocha hues. However, it's important to pay homage to the notable brands that do offer a bevy of options for women with darker skin tones; we want to share them with you, dear readers.
Before we share our top picks, we wanted to get some expert tips on how to choose the best foundation for dark skin in the first place. Kate O'Brien, founder of Alima Pure Cosmetics, says to start by determining your skin's undertone. If you're not sure what color that is, O'Brien offers this helpful tip: "If you can't easily tell whether your skin is pink, yellow, or neutral in tone, try to determine what colors you look best in, and that will likely lead you to your true undertone. For instance, if you look better in gold jewelry and prefer the look of warm-hued clothing like red, yellow, ivory, and orange, your skin likely has more yellow in it. If you gravitate toward silver accessories and look best in blue, purple, rich reds, and white, then your undertone leans more pink. If you look great in both, then you're neutral."
Additionally, when finding the right shade, be sure to use natural lighting and try samples to truly find your best match, advises O'Brien. "Vertically swatch shades along your cheek and down to your jawline so that you find a shade that evens your overall tone best. If a foundation looks chalky or dull, try a deeper shade. If it seems orange, you may need to go with a lighter option,” she explains.
To see which drugstore foundations are great for dark skin tones, keep scrolling!
There isn't enough that can be said about ColorStay's formula. This foundation stays put all day long and gives off a flawless, airbrushed finish.
A powder, concealer, and foundation all in one? This product is seriously genius.
This oil-free, full-coverage foundation is just what you need for a flawless finish, sans any unwanted red undertones or traces of shine.
For girls with breakout-prone skin, this foundation helps keep acne at bay while it's on the skin, so you can cover and treat all at the same time.
True Match is a cult favorite—and for good reason, too. Its formula covers the skin beautifully without looking cake-y, and finding the right shade is extremely easy with its cool, warm, and neutral tone collections. (And now that you know how to find your tone, this should be a total breeze.)
Cream-to-powder makeup is pretty genius, if you ask us. You get the perfect matte finish of a powder with the staying power of a cream foundation in one handy compact. It couldn't be more convenient.
This creamy foundation has that whipped soufflé consistency, making it super easy to blend and hide pores.
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